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The Bad Seed

Title: The Bad Seed
Author: Pete Oswald
Illustrator: John Jory
Publisher: HarperCollins (2017)
ISBN: 9780062467768
 
An angry-looking sunflower seed tells the reader “I’m a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaaad seed.” Corn kernels, peanuts, pistachios and hazelnuts mumble about the bad seed. He overhears their negative comments because he has “good hearing for a seed.” The sunflower seed explains his reputation. “I never put things back where they belong… I tell long jokes with no punch lines… I lie about pointless stuff” and “I finish everybody’s sentences.” It becomes clear a traumatic experience of nearly being eaten as an infant meant he had “become a different seed entirely.” He decides to be happy though he doesn’t change his behaviour overnight, but takes “it one day at a time.”

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